Skype-Joltid Dispute Presents an Opportunity for Google Voice
eBay reports in an SEC filing that Skype is embroiled in a software licensing lawsuit with Joltid, forcing eBay to write its own VOIP software in case Skype loses. While some wonder if the dispute will impede eBay's planned IPO for Skype, others see Skype's troubles as a chance for Google Voice to grow.Skype continues to be one of the biggest headaches for a parent company. In a legal dispute that may delay eBay's plans to spin off its Skype Web calling service and is certainly forcing eBay to write its own software, Skype and startup Joltid are suing each over a dispute about software source code Joltid licenses to Skype.
Some analysts say the dispute may present an opportunity for Web communications upstarts such as Google Voice.
"However, such software development may not be successful, may result in loss of functionality or customers even if successful, and will in any event be expensive. If Skype was to lose the right to use the Joltid software as the result of the litigation, and if alternative software was not available, Skype would be severely and adversely affected and the continued operation of Skype's business as currently conducted would likely not be possible."This could be a problem as eBay CEO John Donahoe prepares to spin Skype out as a public company in the first half of 2010, or within the same time frame of the suit versus Joltid. Skype doesn't really play well alongside eBay's e-commerce market or PayPal.